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"419" Scam – Advance Fee / Fake Lottery Scam

The so-called "419" scam is a type of fraud dominated by criminals from Nigeria and other countries in Africa. Victims of the scam are promised a large amount of money, such as a lottery prize, inheritance, money sitting in some bank account, etc.

Victims never receive this non-existent fortune but are tricked into sending their money to the criminals, who remain anonymous. They hide their real identity and location by using fake names and fake postal addresses as well as communicating via anonymous free email accounts and mobile phones.

Keep in mind that scammers DO NOT use their real names when defrauding people.
The criminals either abuse names of real people or companies or invent names or addresses.
Any real people or companies mentioned below have NO CONNECTION to the scammers!

Read more about such scams here or in our 419 FAQ. Use the Scam-O-Matic to verify suspect emails.

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Some comments by the Scam-O-Matic about the following email:

Fraud email example:

From: Cl Toure <>
Date: Fri, 27 Jul 2012 07:38:56 -0700 (PDT)
Subject: Hi


Please I Decided to Contact you for real plight something else but I do want you to assume that my message is generated without personal consigns but do permit me to express certain personal issue as I do not know if I might receive helps from you, of course, my subject might appear sudden but consider this as a wish and accept it with a deep sense of humility.

I lost my Dad back in the middle of last year 2011... I am alone presently, my Dad was a formal district leader to our community more than twenty years before i was born, I was the only son as my mother was no longer with my Dad when i was just 7yhrs, due to her divorced my Mum did never knew my Father's fortunes and other aspects of Dad’s life, though I also lost my Mum on the 28th October 2011

Unfortunately, my father willed some amount of money which was in a vault, the money were annually paid to my father's account from various communities, there were companies that usually cooperate by making certain payment to local communities under my father’s leadership as means of helping youths who might have lacked employment, among these companies was Shell Petroleum Development Company, Chevron, Mobil and Agip.

Of course, Most of the saving which my father wills were from these annual revenues for compensation of youths and community developments under my father leadership, so, some of these profits were direct saving by my father.

Right-now, i urgently need your assistance because of some problems that recently took place in my family, i.e this was between my father’s relatives and some others individuals who are making our family like places of quarrel and argument for about two months now, yes, due to this i must confess that I’d like to relocate to your country which I yearn to stays probably with yours cooperation, of course this was my actual plights of reaching you with this message.

Yes, there was a recent problem that took place and it was heavy arguments to some matters... like my father's formal saw mill, land plots, and one housing estate, the problems was that there exist no single writings by My Dad respecting these properties as to whom should inherited them from the family.

Yes, As you can see I need your assistance as I wanted immediate quicker relocation and a transfer's of the said vault, the total amount at bank side was four million Dollars, I believed Great times has indeed made this possible Thanks Please do reply


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